It Takes a Village Idiot: A Memoir of Life After the City

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • It Takes a Village Idiot: A Memoir of Life After the City
  • Jim Mullen
  • English
  • 27 January 2017
  • 0743218795

About the Author: Jim Mullen

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It Takes a Village Idiot: A Memoir of Life After the CityFinalist For The 2001 Thurber Prize For American Humor A Rocky Mountain News Denver Best Book Of The Year Millions Of People Dream Of Abandoning The City Routine For A Simple Country Life Jim Mullen Was Not One Of Them He Loved His Manhattan Existence Parties, Openings, Movie Screenings He Could Walk To Hundreds Of Restaurants, Waste Entire Afternoons At The Film Forum, People Watch From His Window Then, One Day, Calamity His Wife Quits Smoking And Buys A Weekend House In The Catskill Mountains Of Upstate New York In A Tiny Town Diametrically Opposed To Manhattan In Every Way Slowly, However, The Man Who Once Boasted, Life Is Just A Cab Away, Begins To Warm To The Place Manure And Compost And Strangers Who Wave And All And To Embrace The Kind Of Life That Once Gave Him The Shakes.

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10 thoughts on “It Takes a Village Idiot: A Memoir of Life After the City

  1. Debbie Brown says:

    I am trying to make a dent in my to read book list Although I didn t get half the jokes, the ones I did get were laugh out loud funny Life sure has changed since 2001

  2. Dawn says:

    I just moved from the greater LA area to small town Kansas, came across this book in the local used bookstore making this a timely read for me Mullen s humor was pretty great, at times he finds just the right amount of over the top sarcasm to be downright hilarious And alongside the humor there is also a warm story of finding home in the unlikeliest of places I just moved from the greater LA area to small town Kansas, came across this book in the local used bookstore making this a timely read for me Mullen s humor was pretty great, at times he finds just the right amount of over the top sarcasm to be downright hilarious And alongside the humor there is also a warm story of finding home in the unlikeliest of places

  3. Jess says:

    This was a cute, witty book about what you take for granted living in NYC this cuts both ways the things you take for granted being modern, easily accessible, and of good quality and the things you take for granted being exorbitantly expensive, insanely inconvenient, and degraded beyond any possibility of enjoyment by overpopulation It was a timely read, as I am currently in the midst of figuring out my next move and trying to find a place of balance in which to make a home Neither of the pl This was a cute, witty book about what you take for granted living in NYC this cuts both ways the things you take for granted being modern, easily accessible, and of good quality and the things you take for granted being exorbitantly expensive, insanely inconvenient, and degraded beyond any possibility of enjoyment by overpopulation It was a timely read, as I am currently in the midst of figuring out my next move and trying to find a place of balance in which to make a home Neither of the places described in this book the city or the country are appealing for their extremes The middle of the road answer then seems to be the suburbs, which of course is no answer for a number of reasons, first of which is that there are too many damn people for the idea to work You either pay through the nose to be in the burbs closest to the city and still deal with the same congestion you d have there, or livecheaply further and further away as you get priced into a commuter s oblivion, paying instead in the hours of your life wasted just getting places Fortunately, I ve learned that balance does not mean middle of the road that splitting the difference 50 50 might be appropriate for some situations but that sometimes balance can mean 80 40 or 90 10, or even 99 1 So I keep hope that there s another answer out there and that finding the right place for me to live is possible

  4. Deidre says:

    Too easy Although it touches on the the us them, cityfolk flatlanders vs farmer s upstate dwellers dichotomy, it was a lil heavy on the snark and lacking in rich detail Paints a pretty watercolor of the simple life, but I guess I should have expected less from a entertainment weekly author.

  5. Selwa says:

    I really enjoyed this book, both the first time I read it about 15 years ago and now In a way, I think I m the target demographic lol, as I m familiar with NYC and upstate NY state, so I got all the jokes as far as I can tell, anyway It s basically the story of a man whose wife decides she wants a weekend house in the country, and how, over time, the weekend house became the all the time house.I mean, I get it, dude I love certain things about living in the city, but I also love weekends I really enjoyed this book, both the first time I read it about 15 years ago and now In a way, I think I m the target demographic lol, as I m familiar with NYC and upstate NY state, so I got all the jokes as far as I can tell, anyway It s basically the story of a man whose wife decides she wants a weekend house in the country, and how, over time, the weekend house became the all the time house.I mean, I get it, dude I love certain things about living in the city, but I also love weekends in the suburbs I can totally imagine trading in a relatively spacious 1 BR for a farspacious house maybe with 2 BR and 1 1 2 bath A girl can dream, right Unfortunately, I need to stay local for my job, but one dayAlso, I noticed a couple of reviews where people complained about the snark I mean, the author is from Manhattan Without the snark, he might as well be from one of the other boroughs

  6. Karen says:

    This is a quick light read about the author s adventures and eventual adjustment to life in the country Jim Mullen is a hardcore city dweller when his wife decides to buy a weekend home in the Catskills Originally he wants nothing to do with it but as time goes on, weekends become Thursday night through Tuesday night and by the end of the book they are full time country dwellers And happy to be so It is meant to be a humorous book but sometimes the humor sarcasm it a bit too over the top and This is a quick light read about the author s adventures and eventual adjustment to life in the country Jim Mullen is a hardcore city dweller when his wife decides to buy a weekend home in the Catskills Originally he wants nothing to do with it but as time goes on, weekends become Thursday night through Tuesday night and by the end of the book they are full time country dwellers And happy to be so It is meant to be a humorous book but sometimes the humor sarcasm it a bit too over the top and his lists, of which there are many, are generally too long After a bit I just skipped over them I also didn t like the relationship between Jim and his wife They were very snarky and harsh with each other It was fine for what it is but I won t be sad to see it leave my house

  7. Andrew says:

    Mullin s memoir of his transition from a New York City maven to a Catskill lover is pure fun Some of the references are dated, but not enough to harm the humor Having lived in NYC and then outside it, I could relate to how one starts to see things in new ways in a place after experiencing them Mullin s wry take on everything around him and his keen observations are the kind that make you laugh out loud.

  8. Kathy says:

    I put this on my to read list about a decade ago when I was dreaming of moving away in search of a simpler life I finally got around to reading it now It s a light, fluffy, mildly entertaining read No great insights.

  9. Miriam Schoenig says:

    Highly entertaining, but I wouldn t keep a copy on my bookshelf.

  10. Linda Manwaring says:

    This isn t amazing literature But with that said it s a fun, entertaining read The author is the village idiot a former resident of Greenwich Village who moves to the country There are amusing comparisons between city and country life.